There are times I regret living in America. This is one of them.
THESE are the first pictures [click and see!] of an ancient warlord’s treasure found at a city allotment site which has sent archaelogists into a spin.
It was a chance in a million which led forensic experts to dig up this rare seventh-century brass bowl, which has been hailed as one of the most exciting archaelogical discoveries in the past decade.
The bowl was only unearthed when gardener Helen McGlashon (26) found a human skull while digging on her vegetable patch off Palmerston Road, in Woodston, Peterborough.
Fearing it was a murder victim, she called police who launched a full-scale excavation of the site on February 17. But forensic pathologists later concluded the bones actually belonged to an Anglo-Saxon man when the ancient bowl was found nearby.
Historians believe the valuable Coptic bowl [see comment section for explanation of ‘Coptic’ in this context], which was made in the Mediterrean 1,300 years ago, could have only been owned by an extremely rich prince or warlord from the Saxon kingdom of Mercia.